Hi-Tech Solutions introduces license plate recognition system for stadiums

Rishon LeZion, Israel, July 2, 2009 – Hi-Tech Solutions (HTS), a developer and provider of optical character recognition (OCR) computer vision systems, today announced a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution for sports stadiums. The solution allows a huge number of cars to enter and exit the stadium’s parking lot easily and rapidly, avoiding bottlenecks, allowing VIP entry, enhancing security and helping the police.

“Sports stadiums, in general, have huge parking lots and face a variety of access control and security problems,” said Meta Rotenberg, HTS’s VP Business Development. “The optimal solution for the key challenges of sports stadiums’ parking lots is a License Plate Recognition system.”

HTS’s dedicated solution for sports stadiums allows the implementation of a pre-purchased parking tickets system, allowing registration of the ticket owner’s license plate number on the LPR system’s database. When fans are approaching the access gate, the LPR system reads and records the license plate and associates it with the ticket number, and the car is allowed to enter. Using the combination of pre-purchased parking tickets and LPR systems streamlines the parking process, avoids bottlenecks, and accelerates the entry of cars into the stadium.

Another issue solved by the LPR system is the entry of VIPs who are provided with special free parking tickets. The system identifies the VIPs’ license plate number, allowing them to enter the parking lot immediately. In addition, the LPR system can notify game officials when certain VIPs enter the parking lot. The system can send a text message to the appropriate official, and the VIP can be personally greeted by him.

HTS’s dedicated LPR system helps the police in case of hooliganism and riots. The police can use information gathered by the LPR systems at the access gates. If, for example, some cars are owned by people with a criminal record that had been previously involved in violent activities, the police can investigate them to check if they were involved in a riot, or even initiated it.

Homeland security and law enforcement agencies can use the LPR systems at the stadium’s access gates to identify blacklisted cars – either stolen or suspicious for a homeland security purpose. The LPR system can generate an alert to a nearby police force, or another local, state or federal law enforcement or homeland security agency, upon identifying a suspicious car. The LPR devices can be integrated with a dedicated back office system, enabling direct communications with the local police department. Thus, police officers can track, in real time, license plate numbers of vehicles entering the stadium. HTS offers an interface that can communicate with local law enforcement agencies as well as national agencies such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in the US.